Building a Place for History
Emilie Evans is secretary and founding member of the Preservation Rightsizing Network, which works to preserve local heritage and revitalize the built environment of legacy cities by sharing best practices and developing new tools to strengthen communities. In her day job, Evans serves as Director of the Rightsizing Cities Initiative with PlaceEconomics and leads projects using Relocal, a data-based tool that uses 70+ distinct metrics to develop tailored, parcel-level recommendations for reutilizing vacant buildings and lots. Previously, Evans served as Detroit Preservation Specialist working jointly for the Michigan Historic Preservation Network and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. She is a co-founder and current co-leader of Brick + Beam Detroit, which provides resources to and connects a community of building rehabbers and property owners in Detroit. Prior to Detroit, Evans worked at the Brooklyn Navy Yard and served as Adjunct Associate Professor at Columbia University teaching Oral History and the Built Environment, which looked at oral history as a tool to interpret historic and cultural resources. Evans holds masters’ degrees in Historic Preservation and Urban Planning from Columbia.